Pao continues to rage at the soldiers as he reloads his pistol. Meanwhile, pike ends flail about, smacking both Mercuro and Eloni with brutal force. Maru is for the moment unseen by the main body of the melee, but she now sees a far larger force of soldiers -- at least sixty or more men -- approaching down the quay.
The sounds of fighting overhead do not impede Katsumi's peek into what proves to be the magazine of the ship. The door is stoutly locked and the room within is a narrow compartment lined with cloth sacks and bins.
"There was somebody down here! Look! This line is cut!"
"Pao is too busy. Wen, Chao and Sun; you three head to the magazine, the rest of us will cover the Spiders."
Katsumi also now hears the tramp of booted feet -- in this case several pairs coming down into the hold where he stands.